Knut Sturmhoefel is Global Head of Alliance Management at Novartis. Knut has been in Business Development at Novartis since 2005, with a broad experience in various partnering and deal transactions including more than seven years in alliance management. Knut has a background in research and drug development across different therapeutic areas including immuno-oncology and ophthalmology. Knut worked at the Germany Cancer Research Center, as Fogarty Fellow at the US National Institutes of Health, and two biotech companies in the Boston area (Genetics Institute and Lexigen) before joining Novartis in 2002 as project manager. He earned his PhD in immunology and he is CA-AM certified with the Association of Strategic Alliance Management Professionals and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.